10 Facts about Robert de LaSalle

Post On: August 18, 2017

Facts about Robert de LaSalle talk about a French explorer. He was born on 22nd November 1643 and died on 19th March 1687.  He made an exploration in Gulf of Mexico, Mississippi River, and Great lakes region of US and Canada.  The basin of Mississippi River was claimed by LaSalle for France.  If you want to know more about him, look at the detail post below:

Facts about Robert de LaSalle 1: personal life

LaSalle was always connected with an early occupant in New France named Madeleine de Roybon d’Allonne. However, he never got married.

Facts about Robert de LaSalle 2: family

His mother was Catherine Geest. His father was Jean Cavelier. His older brother was known as a Sulpician priest. His was name was Jean Cavelier.

Facts about Robert de LaSalle

Facts about Robert de LaSalle

Facts about Robert de LaSalle 3: reaching New France

In the spring of 1666, he had a voyage to reach New France. He received a land grant for Lachine located at the western end of Island of Montreal. Mohawk dominated the area. He learned their language and established a village there.

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Facts about Robert de LaSalle 4: an expedition plan

LaSalle had a plan for an expedition to find out a western passage to China after he was told about a great river by the Mohawk, which flowed, to Mississippi River.

Robert de LaSalle Expedition

Robert de LaSalle Expedition

Facts about Robert de LaSalle 5: permission

To execute his plan, Governor Daniel Courcelle and Intendant Jean Talon gave him permission.  The fund from the venture was taken from his interest in Lachine. The area then was called Louisiana in 1682 to honor King Louis XIV of France.


Facts about Robert de LaSalle 6: the primary legacy

The primary legacy of LaSalle was related to the establishment of forts, which connected a number of forts from Fort Frontenac to Mississippi river, Ohio River and Great Lakes.

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Facts about Robert de LaSalle 7: the fur trade

The fur trade was increased extensively because of the establishment of forts by LaSalle.

Facts about Robert de LaSalle 8: La Belle

La Belle was the name of the main shop of LaSalle. It became a famous archeological research after being discovered at Matagorda Bay in 1995.

Robert de LaSalle Facts

Robert de LaSalle Facts

Facts about Robert de LaSalle 9: the artifacts

France is the right owner of the artifacts excavated from La Belle according to the international treaty.

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Facts about Robert de LaSalle 10: the collection

The Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History holds the collections of the artifacts taken from La Belle.

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